The Chelsea Milling Company has been milling flour in Chelsea, Michigan for over 120 years. Chelsea Milling is best known for their favorites such as corn muffins and cake, frosting, brownie, and crust mixes under the “Jiffy” name. Chelsea Milling was interested in fully automating the distribution and palletizing of full cases by installing multi-line palletizing with 10 inbound manufacturing lines. They wanted to preserve the ergonomic health of employees through a reduction in long-term operator injury resulting from hours of hand palletization, and increase Quality Control capabilities. Bastian Material Handling partnered with Chelsea Milling to help them achieve their system goals and provide them with system flexibility for future growth. Some of the key technologies implemented: Computer-controlled 5 camera Cognex Vision System for product verification and quality control 2 Fanuc 410i robots complete with pallet destacking and perimeter guarding Zero pressure conveyor (Hytrol ABEZ), minimum pressure (Hytrol ACC) and Gapper belt conveyors Hytrol MRT bi-directional strand sorter Chain Driven Live Roller Pallet Conveyor The design goal of 55 cartons per minute (CPM) was met, successfully positioning Chelsea Milling to meet future projected growth demands. The new system reduced the number of operators needed for each shift. In addition, the Cognex Vision System has increased quality control and case inspecting capabilities. Overall, this state-of-the-art system helps Chelsea Milling meet the demand of their valued customers with greater accuracy, exceptional quality, and in a manner that protects their valued employees.
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